6/24/2013

Boogie Wipes Giveaway

I was first introduced to Boogie Wipes when my youngest daughter was about 8 months- her 1st winter. Since then, I have become a Boogie Wipes Ambassador. What is a Boogie Wipes Ambassador? I hand out samples provided to me from Boogie Wipes to people at the park, at the doctor, at the restaurant, anywhere! They also send me full size products to try or giveaway.
















As I was cleaning up our school room, I found some extras that we are not going to use right now, so decided to give them away. You will receive (from the picture above) a regular size package of grape scented boogie wipes, a Kandoo bath pouf, a full size Kandoo Body Wash, and some samples to have in your purse or car.

If you have never tried Boogie Wipes, now is the time to try them out. If you have tried them and love them, now is the time to get some freebies. If you would like a chance to win, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. This Boogie Wipes giveaway is open to the US only. It will be open from June 24, 2013 until June 29, 2013. 

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Disclaimer: This is a giveaway of products sent to me by the company to giveaway as a part of the Boogie Wipes Ambassador program. As always, all opinions are my own.

6/19/2013

Blueberry Muffins

One day, about 4 years ago, I wanted to make some blueberry muffins. I looked in my fridge and noticed I was out of eggs. We were, at the time, a one car family. I decided to try to find a blueberry muffin recipe on the internet that I could make without eggs. A lot of vegan recipes came up, so I decided to give one a try.

I found my recipe and made substitutions where necessary.


















Here is the recipe with my substitutions in parenthesis.

Ingredients:
1/4 C margarine (I used butter)
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce (I have used cinnamon applesauce before too)
1/2 tsp salt
1 C sugar
2 C flour (I use whole wheat)
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C soymilk (I use cow milk)
2 C blueberries, fresh or frozen

Directions:
Mix all ingredients, except blueberries, in a bowl. Fold in blueberries. Put into muffin tin and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.

You can print this recipe here.

6/18/2013

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

I started to write up an about me page, but never did get it posted. I just decided to do a blog post instead.

1. I was born in Connecticut and lived there until I went away to college.






















2. I went to Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.

3. I started as a nursing major, but changed to history after two years.

4. I moved to North Carolina after graduating from college.

Capitol Building ~ Raleigh, NC


















5. I met my husband while working for a Christian school.

6. We were married June 24, 2000.

7. Our first baby is in Heaven.

8. We have 4 children now. (You probably did know this, but I included it anyway).






















9. My children have always been homeschooled. We will begin our 8th year this fall.

10. I always wanted to be a mom. :)

6/14/2013

Memoria Press – Prima Latina Review



My oldest son has gained an interest in wanting to learn Latin recently. I was excited when I found out I was able to review Prima Latina from Memoria Press. 



We received the complete set to review. This set includes the student book, teacher manual, pronunciation CD, instructional DVD’s, and flashcards. The complete set is $90.90 and geared for children in grades 2-4.

Prima Latina is an introduction to Latin. This curriculum includes 25 lessons and teaches grammar concepts. Vocabulary words, sayings, and prayers are also taught in the course.

Check out a sample lesson and table of contents of Prima Latina.

How we used Prima Latina:
My children, ages 11, 9, and 7, would watch the new lesson on Mondays. The next couple of days they would all work together in the student book. On Thursdays, I would help check over their work and they would listen to the pronunciation CD. On Friday, we reviewed using the flashcards.

What we thought of Prima Latina:
Since I have no knowledge of Latin, I loved the DVD’s. I felt that the teacher, Leigh Lowe, did a great job of teaching the lessons. I loved having the pronunciation CD for times when the kids needed to hear how something was pronounced. The student manual did a great job of guiding the kids and allowing them to write what they learned. It was also nice to have the teacher manual, just a copy of the student guide with the answers, to make sure the kids had the correct answer.

All three of my children really enjoyed watching the DVD’s and working together on the lessons. They have learned so much already and we will continue using this and finish it up so we can move on to the next level.

Check out what the rest of the crew thinks about Prima Latina and also Geography.

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6/08/2013

Doing Things Differently

This past school year, my youngest son had a problem. His work kept disappearing, only to be found a few days later crumpled up and undone. He thought he could get away with not doing his school work.






















When this school year ended, I started brainstorming. What could I do differently? How can I keep him more accountable? I have come up with a few things to keep both of us accountable.

First of all, I am already getting all papers and notes ready for our 2013-2014 school year. I am going to plan 6 weeks at a time. I bought a report folder and have made up a weekly assignment checklist.























I will put each days work inside the folders ~ I did buy one for each of the three older kids. After the school day is done, I will check each folders work and put the next days work into the folder. I will check mark each days work on the assignment list also. I guess this is almost like doing work boxes, but I don't have the room for work boxes.

Another area that we need to work on is using our time wisely. My oldest son likes to daydream. I have been brainstorming some ideas to keep him on task. I think what he needs is to do one subject and take a 5 minute break. The move onto the next subject. It is difficult for him to sit for a long period of time. We use Abeka and there is a good amount of seatwork.























For my oldest daughter, she had some problems with handwriting. She wanted her papers to be perfect and as much as I have explained to her no one can be perfect, she still got upset when she made a mistake. Brainstorming some ideas for here were a little bit more difficult. I am going to have her trace on her  writing page what she needs to write. Some of the writing pages in Abeka, do not have the child trace before writing. I think tracing will help her keep her handwriting neat (the way she wants it to look).

Just a note ~ I also have looked at this past year and have seen where we have excelled. I have seen areas that have worked (and are working) for us that I won't change. Every year, I look back and think "I should have done that differently." Sometimes I don't do it and regret it. Sometimes I do change and it failed. I really hope these few little changes will help keep our school (and home) running more smoothly.

Enjoy this freebie of my Weekly Assignment Checklist.

6/04/2013

Summer Plans

I am so excited that we have made it through another year of school. I plan to take about an eight week break. During this time, we will relax, play, and have fun. 


Going to the park is one of the things the kids like doing the most. We also will visit the spraypark, the beach, and some other places during our break. 



We have a nature center in town with a variety of different animals that the kids like to visit also. There is also a science building and playground. 

Our church will have some fun activities this summer for the children. They are doing a Bible club on Tuesday for the month of June, VBS in July, and a trip to a museum in August. They also have Wednesday evening classes for the kids. 

It will be a busy, but fun summer!

6/03/2013

See The Light ~ Review

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I was first introduced to See the Light last year. I was given an Art Class DVD to try out. I was very impressed with it, that I was so excited to be given the opportunity to try out a different DVD. We were given Paper Jungle to try out.
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About Paper Jungle:
This DVD is geared for children ages 10 and up and sells for $14.99. This DVD contains 4 lessons that take approximately 30 minutes each. The 4 lessons included are as follows: Cutting Trees, Grass and Leaf Shapes, Flora and Fauna, and Overlapping and Gluing. The project will take about 3-4 hours to complete. A list of materials is also listed on the webpage. The DVD also focuses on artist Henri Rousseau as well as integrating Biblical lessons throughout the DVD.
 
How we used Paper Jungle:
My children are ages 11, 9 1/2 (10 in July), and 7.  They were so excited to start this DVD and wanted to finish it all in one day. I made them do a lesson a day instead.  They would watch the lesson all the way through one time. Then they would start the lesson over and work on their jungles, pausing the DVD as needed. 
 





 
After they completed each days lessons, they had to make sure to keep all of their pieces together. My kids just piled up all their pieces and left them on the floor. I probably should have given them a file folder or ziploc bag to keep the pieces in- just in case.
 

 
My 9 yr old’s project:

 
Before gluing- my 11 yr old's project:

 
What I thought about the DVD:
I loved this DVD as did my boys. I love that they are able to learn about a famous artist as well as learning from the Bible at the same time. They can't wait to watch this again and make another project using a different animal. As expected, my 7 yr old daughter did have some difficulties doing this project. I let her do it, because she didn't want to be left out.  Another 5 star rating from us for Paper Jungle!
 
11 yr old’s completed project:

 
9 yr old’s completed project:
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Check out what other crew members had to say about See the Light Art DVD’s.
 
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